|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Here’s a genuine oddity among modern-day pro golfers: Pablo Larrazabal’s grip is neutral, bordering on weak.
With practically every golfer chasing maximum driving distance, the strong grip currently rules the roost. It wasn’t always so. In fact, Ben Hogan made the weak grip downright fashionable in the 1950s and beyond.
Perhaps Larrazabal was inspired by his fellow Spaniard, two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal – along with Corey Pavin, one of the rare weak grip proponents among recent greats. Whatever the case, Larrazabal displays a left hand that’s basically square to the target, the thumb and forefinger “V” directed toward his sternum, in the traditional neutral position.
He pairs this with a similar right hand grip where the “V” aligns with the club’s handle. Sometimes, in fact, Larrazabal appears to roll the right hand a little farther onto the top of the club into a weak position.
While he’s played very little in the United States, Larrazabal has been a European Tour fixture since 2008. He’s not particular long nor straight off the tee, though he’s an excellent iron player. And he really shines on the greens.
When he putts, Pablo Larrazabal’s grip is a thing of beauty. His hands appear to melt into the putter’s handle, facilitating a silky smooth stroke that routinely pushes him toward the top of Europe’s putting stats.
Larrazabal certainly shares this prowess with his countrymen. Olazabal and the late Seve Ballesteros were wizards with the wand.